Powered by Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant, the new Echo looks like a very intelligent speaker, but it’s much more than that, so people should call it instead the next big thing after smartphones.
So what’s the deal with Amazon’s Echo and why is the tech world not even calling it a speaker? It is a really smart home device that has gone way past just helping its users play their music.
With its most recent additions – Amazon Tap and Echo Dot – Echo has become a most respected brand. According to a December 2015 survey, Alexa is part of the “most admired brand” among digital assistants, as 67 percent of respondents showed “admiration” to the device.
Echo practically stole the show, earning a much higher respect than the 45 percent share gained by Google Now and Siri, Cortana’s 38 percent share, and Facebook M’s 18 percent share. But M is a relatively new virtual assistant, still proving its worth; we’ll give it some more time to get into the users’ good graces.
Echo just started meaning more to contributors and electronics consumers in general with the new special features it’s been endowed with. Farhad Manjoo of the New York Times said that Echo has “morphed from a gimmicky experiment into a device that brims with profound possibility.”
He also thinks Amazon’s product inspires promise into the role computers will play in our future much like the first iPhone did with the world of smartphones.
At the same time, Forbes focused on the broad range of home devices compatible with Amazon Echo, among which are Ecobee, Nest, Hue, and others. Given its high level of compatibility, the Echo appears to be the “most popular smart home hub” on the market.
But the Alexa-driven voice experience is not just part of home automation, as car makers such as Ford are already starting to experiment with integrating the assistant in their automobiles.
On their part, industry experts have only good things to say about Echo, and they’re predicting even bigger things regarding its impact on the retailer’s business.
Echo is the most sold-out product in Amazon’s warehouse – which is rare for the online retailer. It’s not very often Amazon is out of a product, but according to Scott Wingo, director of ChannelAdvisor, the Echo is usually in stock just for a two or three weeks.
It quickly goes out of stock for up to a week, which can only mean the demand is bigger than the offer. Get working, Amazon!
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